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My 95 year old mother-in-law lives with us. I've tried to find someone to help mom with her shower once a week. All of the agencies I've talked with say that there would be a minimum of 3 hrs. to pay for. It doesn't take 3 hours to help a 4' 8" woman take a shower, but, the agencies say that the aid could clean moms room or make her meals or give her meds etc. I do all of these things for her, however, I'm a senior citizen myself with arthritis in my upper back, hips and shoulders and I'm simply not able to do this for her anymore. Mom can get into the walk-in shower (which has a shower chair) and back to her walker with a little assistance. She can wash her upper body but needs help with her hair, legs, back and feet. We live in North Charlotte.

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Does your mom qualify for home health services - maybe ask her doctor - an aide could come 2x a week to give mom a shower
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When I called Senior Helpers a year or two ago, they would do a one hour visit. Not sure if they have locations everywhere but they are in several states. Their hourly rate decreased as per visit hours increased (e.g. a one hour visit was about $28/hr but a 2 hr visit got billed at $25/hr or something like that.)
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Call Visiting Angels. The one we use has more flexibility in their hours than the other agencies we've used.
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I do not know of any agency that will take less than 3 hours. Your best bet is to ask people at your church or senior center if they know of someone. Personally I would take the three hours and have someone else do the mopping and dusting and change the beds.
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Once you go the professional/agency route, there will be a minimum number of hours with which to contend. Because you yourself are a senior citizen, why not accept the extra help and find something for the helper to do once she's done bathing your MIL?
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